February 2017 Newsletter

Say hello to your new board members!

In January we held our first annual membership party and elections, and it was nothing short of amazing. We are continually blown away by how supportive, energetic, and diverse our community is. It is folks such as yourselves that give us the energy to do what we do.We were honored to have several talented individuals seeking a position on the board. Everyone gave wonderful, passionate speeches and the effects were apparent. This was an incredibly close race, and there were no wrong choices. Without further ado this year’s new board members are:

  • Administrative Coordinator: Ken Bowers
  • At Large Coordinator: Renee Foster
  • At Large Coordinator: Athena Wollin
  • External Coordinator: Harry Rybacki
  • Membership Coordinator: Hannah Rainey

We are looking forward to working with each of you over the next two years as we continue to mature our organization and make riding a bike in Raleigh a safe, convenient, and comfortable option for people of all ages and abilities.

It’s festival time, and we need your help!

Since it’s inception in 2012, the Oaks and Spokes Bicycle Festival has relied on passionate individuals in the cycling community coming together to make this annual celebration happen. Keeping with tradition we’re inviting you, our community, to help us plan YOUR festival for 2017.Loved a past event and know the perfect way to make it even better? Have a great idea for a new event, something that’s never been done before? Just want to get more involved? Let us know! This is your opportunity to share your passion with the rest of us. If you’re interested in helping out, either as an event planner or a volunteer, please sign up here. The first meeting will take place Friday, February 17th from 7-9 pm at the Red Hat Annex. You can also RSVP and stay up-to-date on the event page.In addition to the Festival Committee, we also have two other standing committees that meet year round and are always looking for new members. The Advocacy Committee, chaired by board member Molly McKinley, has it’s next meeting on Wednesday, February 22nd from 6:30 to 8:30 at Morning Times. Email Molly at mollymckinleync@gmail.com for more information. Marketing & Outreach Committee meets on the last Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 at Morning Times, and is chaired by board member Dawn Keyser, who can be reached at edkeyser@gmail.com.

Save the date for these upcoming events.

Still searching for something fun to do with your Valentine this year? Take them to Durham! Ponysaurus Brewing’s monthly Cruiser Ride happens to fall on Valentine’s Day this year. As a bonus, they’re also hosting a Last Minute Market with gifts from local businesses for all you perpetual procrastinators out there.If Valentine’s weekend has you traveling a little farther West, consider checking out Bike Love, the annual fundraiser for Asheville on Bikes. Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, the event features a bike raffle, silent auction, and (of course) beer from New Belgium.Bike!Bike! Southeast 2017 is being held in Alexandria, Va. on March 16-19! This event is a regional gathering of community bike shops, co-ops and collectives to celebrate inclusive cycling community and to share knowledge. It will be a weekend of fun, friends, and workshops punctuated with fun rides and nighttime activities. Registration is open now, we hope to see you there!Once again we are teaming up with Tour de Brew for their annual brewery bike tour on Saturday, April 8th. This event is a fun way to explore the city, spend time with friends, and raise money for a good cause. Get your team together and register today to start fundraising! We’re also looking for volunteers to act as ride leaders and liaisons, send an email to info@oaksandspokes.com or info@tourdebrew.org for more information.Combine your love of cycling and your love of women’s rights at the Fourth Annual Ride for Choice on April 23rd in Carrboro. The event offers two ride lengths, approximately 24 or 54 miles, with rest stops and emergency support along the way. There’s also an optional after party at Looking Glass Cafe following the ride!

 

OTHER NEWS:

New APBP Chapter in North Carolina

We had a great time at last weeks Kickoff Social for the new NC chapter of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. The goal of the chapter is to inspire face to face interactions, foster mentoring, and encourage a cross pollination of ideas and energy between local APBP members. Visit their website to learn more, register for helpful webinars, or even become a member to have access to benefits like professional development seminars, scholarship programs, and reduced fees on webinars.

OCCP IS HIRING

For the first time in nearly six years of being open, Oak City Cycling Project is putting out the call for a new full-time employee! “A passion for cycling is a must. A passion for community is also a must. Bike shop experience is not required, but is a plus.” If interested, you can drop off your resumé and cover letter in person at OCCP. If you don’t live in town but are moving to the area, you can email your documents to squirrely@oakcitycycling.com. They are accepting applications over the next few weeks and hope to bring someone on by the beginning of March.

 

CYCLUS SPORTS

There’s a new race team in town! Please join us in welcoming Cyclus Sports to the Raleigh scene. We’re excited about this company because of their commitment to community. They utilize a unique business model that emphasizes local team development and partnerships with local businesses. Last weekend the team co-hosted a social ride from Crank Arm Brewing, and hopes to continue with similar events. Stay tuned to the Crank Arm Cycling Club page for future rides.

 

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